By Braddah Lance
"It is wat makes da world go round" as quoted by a WWD! reader many moons ago but in dis instance, da people who "make" dat part of da world sucks okole.
Talking story with my father-in-law last night as Da Wife and I are heading to Sansei (Shakanack review on dat to follow) for a belated Father's Day dinner, he shares something dat got my Korean blood boiling hotter than kim chee stew!
It's one of those moments dat you tink wouldn't happen to anyone you know and is nothing but a blip on your radar but it happened and there's nothing anyone can do about it but to share in da hopes dat it doesn't happen to anyone else.
Da details were pretty sketchy but in a nutshell my grandmother-in-law got scammed and scammed big for $2500!
Wassup Wit Dat!
Da scam was pretty sophisticated in a sense dat they phished some personal information and it went down as her grand-daughter needing bail money to get her out of jail..... in New York.
Now for most of us younger than "grandmother" age would have red flags going off but da frickin' crooks went beyond knowing names, they put "her" on da phone! Now wen you dealing with makule people, they tink everybody will sound da way they sound if you give them a name and das how it went down.
It's da same pitch wea someone you care about needs bail money for something they nevah do and not to tell dat person's parents cause they're scared and blah blah blah. Then my grandmother-in-law was given clear instructions on how to wire da money - again, da HUGEMANGEOUS red flag in ALL scams - but cause da phone conversation was so convincing, she did as instructed.
How did my father-in-law find out? Well, my grandmother-in-law (bless her good-hearted soul) was expecting to hear back a few days later from her grand-daughter so instead she called da grand-daughter's mom to find out how she was doing and to see if she was home yet from New York.... she was then told dat da grand-daughter was always home. Moreso in Hawaii we carry a bit more of da shame factor so it's even especially hard to even come to terms with something like dis.
I only share dis to try and take something out of it instead of it just being swept undah da rug. Please talk with your parents and/or grandparents and be vigilant about any type of suspicious calls asking for money especially if it's for relatives. They have even been so bold as to hold fake conversations and these bastards have nothing but black hearts and damned souls so they don't care who and how da person will be hurt as long as they get "paid".
My grandparents-in-law - as most makule plantation workers - don't have much and live very humble lives so taking a hit out of their retirement for a scam doesn't bode well with any of us and das da type of people these a$$ho!e$ target - trusting, caring and sad to admit, makule people.
I told my father-in-law dat these scammers will not stop. Once they hooked grandma, they'll keep trying again and again until anoddah scam "works" so to change da phone numbah. It's a good thing dat they don't have anything to do with computers and email so at least we can do something proactive by changing da numbah and not worry about them transmitting personal information online.
But true to Grandma she says, "lesson learned".
Not surah if you want to admit or not but have you evah been scammed? Wat oddah scams have you heard about recently das going around? How's your spidey-sense?